Five ways to foolproof your fitness routine

Foolproof Your Fitness RoutineInstead of a practical joke this April Fools’ Day, how about a practical fitness routine? Implementing a realistic exercise routine into your lifestyle can not only keep you healthy but decrease your risk for neck and back pain — along with common spine problems — as you get older.

If your ambition to stick with that New Years’ resolution is starting to fizzle out, it may be time to tweak your motivational mindset. According to Jillian Michaels, one of the nation’s leading wellness experts and life coaches, “Fitness isn’t about a crunch or a push up, it’s about taking your power back.”

During those tough days when you feel like throwing in the towel, remember these five ways to keep your fitness on track.

Start small

If you’re starting from the ground up, remember that less is more. Start with a simple exercise like walking 15 to 30 minutes a day. After your body gets used to it, you can gradually increase your pace and duration while adding other workouts to your routine. Remember: If the thought of working out actually stresses you out, you may be overwhelming yourself. Start slow because when you start to see small results, you’ll want to do more!

Shake off peer pressure

Your friends want to split the jumbo onion rings and queso dip; you want a spring salad with a light vinaigrette. They tease you for “going all healthy” on them until you finally cave. You may not think so, but peer pressure can pack on the pounds. Being around friends who discourage your healthy diet may affect your waistline while excess weight puts stress on your neck and back. Try encouraging your friend to exercise with you after you eat together or plan a fun cooking night with healthy recipes.

Don’t bore yourself

Don’t forget to mix it up once you progress with your favorite exercises. Learn new techniques in your favorite type of training to keep things fresh and to better strengthen your muscles. Try using digital fitness trackers to monitor your progress, then compare your results with a friend to help each other stay motivated and have fun. The more dedicated you are to staying in shape, the better chance you will be able to prevent neck or back pain as well as other health issues.

Turn off the tech

In this digital age, it’s easy to watch three seasons of your favorite TV show when you only meant to watch one episode. It’s even easier to spend 45 minutes on social media when you only meant to reply to a comment or skim your newsfeed. You may be surprised at how much of your leisure time is drained because of technology. Instead of getting sucked into your screen of choice, make it a goal to only enjoy digital entertainment after your workout session.

Change your scenery

Nature is exhilarating, but the same trail over and over again may lose its luster. Furthermore, boredom with your fitness routine can decrease your motivation to stay fit. Depending on the type of workout you’re doing, be sure to switch the scenery every now and then. If you feel routine boredom setting in, try working out at a different park, fitness studio or gym, a friend’s house, your backyard or maybe the beach. You can also explore your neighborhood to find a new walking/jogging route or peaceful outdoor area.

While everyone else is planning their April Fools’ prank, you can form a plan of action against neck or back pain using the proper fitness routine and motivation to get you there. If you’re having a hard time getting in shape because of chronic neck or back pain, we may be able to help you. Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost review of your MRI.*

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